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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Reflection On My 34th Birthday

Yesterday is my 34th Birthday (hmm, I am that old?).

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My wife treated me to my first ever (maybe the last) facial treatment in my entire life. I loved the massage and scrubbing part but the pricking is really like hell, ouch!!!. I guess that's the price of wanting to be clean or the price of being vain, I guess?. The treatment lasted for an hour, an hour of squeezing and pricking. Whew that was close, another 10 minutes of it, I might end up dead (LOL).

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It feels good after the treatment. Those elusive blackheads are gone. I've learned that the reasons behind these blackheads are the clogging of pores because of over activity of the sebaceous (the what?) glands and dead skin cells. This could be because of hormonal imbalance, poor sanitary, dietary habits, use of excessive or harmful cosmetic products, lack of apt water content in the body and many more.

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Whatever...

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What's the connection?

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Well, I can't ask for anything more since the Lord supplies all my needs and granting all my prayers according to his will. In short, I'm satisfied with what is happening to me except recently, I am struggling in my ministry. It made me think if what I did in serving the Lord is enough but I guess it's not enough and it wont be enough even if I serve Him in my lifetime. I won't go into details anymore, painful as it is but I know after this I'll be a better person, I'll be more loving, I'll be more understanding and I'll be more obedient.

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Yesterday is the Feast day of St. Martha and the Gospel is in Luke Chapter 10.

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"You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the better part, and it will not be taken away from her. - Luke 10:42

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I got this reflection from http://www.wordgodspells.com/ by Eduardo “MomongRobillo,

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"Every once in a while, we need to “sit at the feet of Jesus”, and allow His words in Scriptures to invigorate our soul. When we are “worried and upset about many things”, the soothing words of our Lord can lift our burdens (Mt.11:28-30), and lead us to green pastures (Ps. 23). It is our intimate relationship with Jesus that can put all our activities in proper perspective. Abiding by His Word is more important than any other responsibility. "

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...And this is what I'm doing at this very moment, sit at the feet of Jesus...

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Prayer:

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In all the things we say and do Lead us to ‘choose the better part’,Grant us Lord the grace to serve You with Martha’s hands and Mary’s heart.

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P.S.1: For those who greeted me yesterday, Thanks a lot, I appreciate it very much and for those who will still greet me after reading this blog, thank you also.

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P.S. 2: To my wife, thank you for making my day special, you never fail to make me feel happy and loved.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Psalm 47

This song was my entry in the Kerygma Songwriting Contest 2007 and the 3rd song I recorded in a studio (it cost me a lot). Inspired by Psalm 47, one of the many songs I wrote with lyrics based on the Book of Psalm. I was struggling to composed a song for this contest, and God gave me a song which I finished in just 10 minutes. God is amazing indeed.
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The song didn't make it to the finals more so in the album but it's nothing compare with the joy of accomplishing what God want me to do.
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Enjoy listening.
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To God be the Glory
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"I sing to you Lord a hymn of Love for Your faithfulness to me.."
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Come everyone let's clap our hands for joy,
Shout to God with joyful song of praise.
For the Lord is an awesome God,
He is great, King of all Kings.
For the Lord is an awesome God,
He is great, King of all Kings.


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Alleluia, God of Israel,
We exalt Your Name above all,
Alleluia, God of Abraham,
We give praise forevermore.
(Repeat)
(Repeat Stanza)
(Repeat Chorus)

.BRIDGE:
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Alleluia (8x)

(Repeat CHORUS except last line)

.CODA:
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We give praise forevermore. (3x)
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Thursday, July 23, 2009

When God Seems Distant

This is my Reflection on Chapter 14 of the "Purpose Driven Life" by Ricky Warren"

"The Lord has hidden himself from his people, but I trust him and place my hope in him" - Isaiah 8:17, TEV

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Rick Warren said "It is easy to worship God when things are going great in your life - when he has provided food, friends, family, health and happy situation". Yes, It is so easy because we have all the good reasons to worship God but can we still do the same when we feel that the Lord seems distant?. There are many instances in my life that I felt that God seems so distant, I felt that I am alone.

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Two years ago my wife had a miscarriage (see "We Lost Our Baby"), that was the loneliest time of my life. Literally, I was alone and it seems any flee from God is useless. I may be ruined, I may be in grief, but I never ask "Why?". I just surrender everything to God.

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The Lord said: "I will never leave you nor forsake you", it is always true even if we don't feel his presence. The Lord has done many good things for me, and he is doing more.

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Tragedies and trials is just part of growing in faith. At this time of my life, whenever I feel God's absence, I feel more His love, His embrace and His comfort. I'll be forever grateful for everything He has done for me... and I know God is watching over me every seconds of my life... I just have faith and trust that He will never leave me specially in times of need.

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In less than 3 months my first child will be born.

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It is still more difficult to be crucified than to undergo such tragedies and trials. -Anonymous

Monday, July 6, 2009

Me and My New Guitar

It's been more than a month since my wife bought this guitar (left photo) for me. Actually, this is not the one I was looking when we were in a music store. I intended to buy a cheaper classical guitar but my wife told me to choose the guitar I really like.
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More than three (3) years ago, I wanted to buy this guitar after I retire my thirteen(13) year old guitar. It cost P27,000 then. It's quite expensive so I decided to delay buying it. I told to my self, "Someday, I will buy you".
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Thanks to my wife, I now own this wonderful guitar, Applause (by Ovation) AE227-1. It cost P19,000 a year ago but we bought it at a discounted price of P7,900, whoa!, that's a blowout. It may not be the top of the line guitar but I really love my new guitar.
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Why?, because its a gift from my wife. If its from my wife it must be good.
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My wife knows how to make me feel loved in so many ways and this is just one of it. To date I already wrote 5 songs using this guitar, songs of praise and thanksgiving.
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I wonder when and where I could play my guitar in one of my ministry services. I was serving in the music ministry as a guitarist for 3 years before I became one of the singers. Singing may not be my core gift but I just follow the Lord. If and when will he allow me to play again, it's up to Him. Everything is temporary just like my new guitar. It will soon lost its nice paint and beautiful sounds but the love of God will remain.
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I am still praying if its time for me to move on and accept another challenge. Honestly?, I missed church celebration and it's sacred and beautiful music. I missed the solemnity of the celebration of the Holy Mass. In the meantime, while I am still waiting for my next assignment (or maybe same assignment) I will just composed more songs for the Lord (Liturgical and Praise Songs). Wherever He may lead me I will go.
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To God Be The Glory
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P.S.
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This month I am celebrating my 5th year in serving in the music ministry and 14th year since I joined a parish choir in 1995..
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